Curtain comes down on Doha Elite 16

Doha- With attendance of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) President H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, the 2023 Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour- Doha Elite16 for men and women was concluded at Aspire Zone on Sunday.

The Elite16 event in Qatar which was held from February 01-05, 2023 also opened the qualification phase for Paris 2024 Olympics.

The QOC First Vice President H.E. Mohamed bin Yousef Al Mana, the QOC Second Vice President H.E Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, the QOC Secretary General H.E Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain and other QOC senior officials also attended the closing day of the event.

Anders Mol and Christian Sandlie Sørum of Norway claimed the title of men’s event after beating Sweden’s David Åhman and Jonatan Hellvig 21-19 21-19 in the final match.

In third place match, Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula of Italy defeated Poland’s Bartosz Losiak and Michal Bryl 22-20 22-20 to take the bronze medal.

Katja Stam and Raïsa Schoon of the Netherlands clinched the gold medal of women’s event. In the final match, they defeated Nina Brunner and Tanja Hüberli of Switzerland 2-1 (20-22 21-14 15-11).

Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho Del Solar of Australia took the bronze medal of beating Latvia’s Anastasija Samoilova and Tina Graudina 2-1 (12-21 21-15 15-10) in the third-place match.

Qatar participated in the tournament with two teams, the first is the duo Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan, while the second is Mahmoud Essam and Abdullah Nassim. The latter was eliminated from the tournament.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee


17th Forum of UAE Ambassadors and Representatives of Missions Abroad Begins Tomorrow

The 17th Forum of UAE Ambassadors and Representatives of Missions Abroad, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will begin tomorrow under the title ‘The United Arab Emirates, a Bright Present and a Promising Future’. The forum will address key issues shaping the future of the country’s foreign policy, as well as geostrategic developments at the regional and international levels.

This year’s forum, which will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation until February 9, will include more than 25 sessions attended by ministers, senior officials, ambassadors, heads of UAE missions abroad, heads of departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and government institutions and agencies in various fields. The forum will address major issues in the fields of politics, economy, innovation, education, culture, advanced science and technology, the country’s technological advancement, climate change mitigation and environmental protection in view of the UAE’s preparations to host COP28, and future plans in service of the UAE Government’s strategy.

The forum is held annually and provides an important opportunity for interaction, dialogue, and the exchange of views and ideas with senior figures and officials in the UAE, as well as ambassadors and representatives of missions abroad, on regional and international developments to enhance the effectiveness of the UAE’s foreign policy.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation


GCC Ministerial Committee for Posts and Telecommunications holds 27th meeting

Riyadh, The Ministerial Committee for Posts and Telecommunications in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries held its 27th meeting here today.

The meeting was chaired by Saeed bin Hamoud Al Maawali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology of the Sultanate of Oman, Chairman of the current session, and in the presence of Majid Sultan Al Mesmar, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Thamer Al Kaabi, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Abdullah bin Amer Alswaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Ali Al Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the State of Qatar, and Omar Saud Al Omar, Board Chairman of the Communications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority of the State of Kuwait, with the participation of. Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the GCC.

At the outset of the meeting, the members of the Committee congratulated Albudaiwi on the assumption of his duties as Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, wishing him success in his tasks, in line with the directives of Their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the GCC states.

During the meeting, several topics related to the common aspects between the GCC countries were discussed for cooperation in the postal and telecommunications sectors, including the adoption of the guiding framework for the protection of personal information of GCC citizens, the adoption of an action plan for the telecommunications sector in the GCC countries, and the launch of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s initiative for the Research Award for Technology and Digital Economy Foresight. The meeting also approved the unified system (law) regulating the activity of companies and private institutions working in the field of express mail and packages.

On the occasion, the Secretary General delivered a speech in which he emphasised the role of the Committee since its inception in achieving outstanding accomplishments in the fields of post and telecommunications. He also affirmed that this reflects the keenness and interest of the members of the Committee in this sector and their strong belief in the great goals that will benefit the economy of the GCC countries through a solid postal and communications sector, in a way that contributes to increasing the public and private sectors’ productivity, improving its efficiency, increasing the return on investments, and providing better and easier services for citizens and the business sector. He also underlined that the Committee work comes in line with the efforts exerted to achieve the aspirations of Their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the GCC states to push the Gulf entity towards higher, more developed and advanced ranks.

The GCC chief congratulated the GCC countries for their qualitative leap in the field of digital economy and achieving advanced ranks in the communication and information technology sector’s global indexes, in the areas of network readiness, competitiveness, progress, digital entrepreneurship, the tremendous development in fifth-generation networks, and the speed and coverage of the Internet, in addition to the milestones achieved in the field of digital skills development and all other fields.

In the same context, the Committee discussed the latest developments related to the reduction of roaming service charges in the GCC countries, the reports of the GCC states regarding developments in communication with major companies that provide Internet services and applications, the telecommunications sector’s indicators, analysis and monitoring of the GCC telecom markets, in addition to the coordination between the GCC countries with respect to the overlapping of mobile phone networks with the radio services in the GCC countries.

The meeting concluded with the approval of the Sultanate of Oman’s proposal to re-study the functions and competencies of the Ministerial Committee for Posts and Telecommunications.

Source: Bahrain News Agency